New Medium Curation Notifications
Medium made a change to how they report articles they’ve curated. People who check their stats every ten minutes might not like it, but I welcome the change. I think the new method is going to make it easier to focus on what matters: the writing.
After submitting an article, we used to be able to click on our ‘stats’ page and look at the article, where we saw a notification telling us to:
Hang tight. We’re still reviewing this story.
If you’ve been working on the platform very long, you’re familiar with the anxiety that comes along with this, and the let down when it sometimes changed to:
Not distributed in topics.
Now, they’ve removed that indicator altogether. When you submit a story, that section of your stats for that story is a blank area. I assume the standard fourteen-day limit before the article is no longer being looked at for curation still applies, but one can’t be sure anymore — we certainly can’t track it like we used to.
When you get curated
When a story is accepted for distribution, you used to see a list of topics that the story was distributed in. Now, you see a line of text that reads:
Chosen for further distribution.
At first, it’s disappointing because you want to track your topics and know how far you were distributed, but then you realize that it doesn’t matter — you’re distributed! Now, carry on and write some more.
This is a good thing. Now that I can’t see the status of my articles, I won’t be searching to see if I got curated yet or not. If you only write a few articles a month, you might still go check to see if you got curated, but when you write as many articles as I do, that’s too many to search; I’ll save time by waiting for the email notification, which is still coming through.